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“The Case for Play” is Playground Ideas’ pathbreaking report highlighting the most significant research findings on the impact of early play interventions, particularly for children living in poverty. Long term studies have shown access to early play experiences boosts life outcomes substantially -42% raise in yearly earnings, 44% increase in high school graduations, and 17% increase in bachelor degrees. Perhaps most importantly, play builds the critical skill of self-regulation, which underpins success for a lifetime. The report complies the best research on play, spanning the fields of economics, psychology, child development, education and neuroscience.

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Call to Action

Research has proven play interventions to be powerful, cost effective poverty reduction tools with sustained impact. If the next generation is to succeed, governments, education ministries, and the international development community must take bold action to increase access to quality play, particularly for children in disadvantaged contexts. We call on both public and private sectors that oversee the welfare of children to:

1. Ensure every child under the age            of 12 has substantial daily access to a stimulating, safe space for play.

1. Ensure every child under the age of 12 has substantial daily access to a stimulating, safe space for play.

2. Emphasize the importance of early play opportunities from 0-3.

2. Emphasize the importance of early play opportunities from 0-3.

3. Prioritize play as a basic right for children in crisis.

3. Prioritize play as a basic right for children in crisis.

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1) New report from @playgroundideas shows early play = 42% raise in earnings. #caseforplay http://goo.gl/mdythn

2) @playgroundideas report just out shows play to be a powerful, cost effective poverty reduction tool. #caseforplay http://goo.gl/mdythn

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We’ve curated a collection of our favorite podcasts, articles, videos, & TED talks highlighting the importance of play. If we were to write a syllabus for a course on the importance of play, this would be it.

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